Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie Greg Miller

Bleijie stands by NLPR decision

ATTORNEY-General Jarrod Bleijie has dismissed the Queensland Law Society's call for the Government to reconsider its position on National Legal Profession Reform (NLPR).

Mr Bleijie said the decision to abandon the proposed reforms had been made in the best interest of Queensland and his position had not changed.

However, he welcomed the society's pledge to support the Government as it worked with other states and territories to adopt potential model laws.

"We are happy to keep this avenue open, but I reiterate this will not involve setting up bureaucracies," Mr Bleijie said.

"I stand by my decision not to join the NLPR based on serious concerns about the additional costs and regulation firms would incur under the uniform model.

"This Government is about making decisions in the best interest of the state and we simply don't need the additional layer of central bureaucracy.

"I have long-held these concerns and, until recently, these views were shared by the Queensland Law Society.

"The Newman Government believes in competitive federalism and the ability to make its own decisions for the benefit of the state.

"Queensland will continue to regulate its own legal system and offer incentives for firms to do business here.

"The current system is working and we see no reason for a complete overhaul.

 "I have no qualms adopting those model laws which best suit Queensland, but I will not support the reform in its entirety if it will disadvantage the state's smaller firms.

 "At the end of the day, only New South Wales and Victoria have indicated their willingness to participate in the scheme so it will never be a national reform."

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